Schools start a tough season

2012-04-21 00:00

THIS will be the first Saturday that has all the top school sides in KZN playing. And with the five or six top teams very comparable, the season looks set to offer tough competition.

The match at Balgowan where Michaelhouse host Westville is sure to be hard fought. Westville beat Glenwood by four points and Michaelhouse lost by one point against Glenwood, both last term. Since then Westville have played in two festivals where they lost against Paul Roos, Dale (by one point) and Grey College. They won against Louis Botha and EG Jansen.

Michaelhouse played in the Grey HS Festival where they won all three matches against St Andrews from Grahamstown, Nico Malan and Daniel Pienaar.

Glenwood will be facing home side Hilton for the first time in a number of years. Hilton lost 6-25 against Queens, who were beaten 32-12 by Glenwood. The Durban side have shown progress over the nine matches which they have played. Hilton have just played four matches, the last almost three weeks ago. Glenwood may not give them time to find their feet in the match.

Maritzburg College should have a relatively easier match when they play against DHS on Van Heerdens. DHS normally raise their game at home so College must not be complacent.

St Charles travel to play Kearsney, the latter of which is certainly one of the top sides in the province. St Charles have played four matches all against teams regarded as second tier in the country. This should also be an easier match for Kearsney than they have had up to now.

Selected fixtures (home side first): Michaelhouse v Westville, Hilton v Glenwood, DHS v Maritzburg College, Kearsney v St Charles, Port Natal v Northwood, Pinetown v George Campbell, Port Shepstone v Clifton, Thomas More v Gelofte, St Henrys v Hillcrest, Greytown v Howick, Wartburg v Weston, Carter v Alexandra.

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